Tiger Tops Elephant Camp
The Elephant Camp was established in 2015 by Tiger Tops. Our aim was to give our resident elephants a little more autonomy and freedom; in turn this allows our guests to have the most unique and authentic elephant experience in Asia. Established in collaboration with Elephant Aid International and Carol Buckley, guests are surrounded by elephants living chain-free in spacious, naturalistic corrals. The camp provides all the services you could want to explore Chitwan National Park while also supporting need advocacy work for elephants supporting Chitwan’s conservation efforts.
Tiger Tops has built five spacious enclosures for twelve resident elephants—the enclosures were finished by the end of April 2016 and the elephants are now living together in their natural groupings. Elephant Aid provides ongoing training to the mahouts on positive reinforcement methods of handling the elephants. Responsible elephant tourism in Chitwan is a changing and growing area, read more about ethical elephant riding in Chitwan.
Guests are immersed in the elephants’ daily life from sun up to sun down. Even after dark the elephants’ presence is felt as their verbal and infrasonic communications fill the night air.
The activities at the Elephant Camp follow the daily routine of the elephants. Guests wake early and follow the elephants to the grass-lands, where the mahouts cut and collect the grass for the elephants to eat during the day. While watching the beautiful sight of the elephants grazing in the morning mist, guests enjoy a steaming cup of traditional Nepali tea to celebrate the occasion.
After breakfast, guests spend the rest of the morning with the mahouts learning how to make kuchis, and hang around the elephant corrals. In the late afternoon, when the temperature is pleasant, guests can take a jungle walk with the elephants and their mahouts, walking alongside the elephants, watching how they move, what they eat, and listening to their communication, rumbling, and trumpeting. Along the way, a naturalist shows and tells you about the surrounding eco-system as you move through jungle, grassland, and wetland with the elephants. Guests often encounter tiger tracks, deer, various species of birds, and maybe a rhino or two, depending on the route.
Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge 44600 Chilha, Nepal Chitwan